“The Plane Cabby's Lucky Day” (1927)

Viewing

Seen in 2016.

Seen with recorded benshi narration by Sawato Midori.

Categorization

Science fiction.

Subject

In a metropolis of the year 1980, animals are free to walk the streets because humans have air transport.

Commentary

Some good ideas, mainly in cool imagery. Surely influenced by the geometries and futurism of Metropolis (1927), and likely by the works of Winsor McCay, who was also a fan of great cityscapes and careful cyclical animation. Hampered by the usual metamorphoses of plotless pre-Disney animation. Already, a cross in anime signifies death, rather than Christianity.

Japanese production animation movie